[Coral-List] Visitor impact measured now tourists are not there

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Thu Apr 16 20:42:17 UTC 2020

 I am not sure what kind of answer this study will get considering the very peculiar location. If there is a place in the world where fish are in high densities and not scared by human presence is Hanauma Bay, where, although forbidden (as explained in the compulsory educational video you have to watch before accessing it) I believe fish are fed by the tourists.You are literally surrounded and followed by all sorts of fishes.At least that was the situation about a decade ago.So the study might even find a drop in fish biomass now that tourists are not there (but probably a change in relative abundance of different species).
FrancescaPS. Fish in Hanauma Bay probably take also advantage of a very well enforced marine reserve, something that doesn't happen in many other paper parks where illegal fishing takes often place. 
    On Thursday, April 16, 2020, 03:04:31 PM GMT+2, Douglas Fenner via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:  
 In Hawaii, there is a famous little reef in a bay that is naturally in an
old volcano crater (old by our scale of time, not geology!).  It normally
gets huge numbers of tourists, but is now closed due to the coronavirus.
Opportunity to see if things changed without all those tourists.


Beautiful picture of the bay.

Cheers, Doug

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